UK Law school creates coronavirus master’s course

The UK Law Society Gazette reports….

ent Law School is introducing a new master’s programme in law and health, focusing on the legal issues around coronavirus.

The Kent LLM is designed for those with a background in law as well as health care professionals such as doctors, nurses and midwives. The course, which will start in September, will intially focus on legal issues arising from the UK’s response to Covid-19, as well as health law more generally.

Students will learn about the political, social and institutional contexts that impact the regulation of health, and the relationship between health, law and regulation.

Professor Sally Sheldon, a specialist in health care law and ethics at the University of Kent, said: ‘Covid-19 has affected all of us in multiple ways and, as a society we are struggling with the acute legal issues it raises. How far is right to curtailing individual liberties to protect public health? How far should legal standards and regulatory controls be relaxed in light of the pandemic? What is the pandemic revealing about social inequalities in health and how law can address them? The Kent LLM offers a space for studying these issues in light of the broad principles of health law.’

Kent Law School is not the first training provider to respond to the crisis. Earlier this month, the University of Law announced a ‘career changer scholarship’ to support workers who have lost their jobs because of coronavirus and want to retrain.